The Vic­to­ria Bik­ers’ Pub

Head over to this bike-mad boozer on a Thurs­day night for clas­sic rock and lots of me­tal

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding - By Char­lie Lester

OK, The Vic­to­ria Bik­ers Pub might not have Loomies’ con­tem­po­rary cool or the slick pro­fes­sional ve­neer of the Ace Café. But it’s amaz­ingly pop­u­lar; the vast range of vis­i­tors from as far as New Zealand proved its ap­peal to Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil, who awarded it of­fi­cial tourist des­ti­na­tion sta­tus in 2010. There’s the ca­pac­ity to camp or rent a room for the night, for those re­cov­er­ing from too many miles or pints. An ever-chang­ing cal­en­dar of live bands and vin­tage ve­hi­cle meets wel­comes rid­ers ev­ery night of the week, but I’m here for ‘The Big One’: Thurs­day night, where from 6pm year round there’s any­thing from a hand­ful of mo­tor­bikes in the worst weather, to over 500 on a sum­mer scorcher.

When I vis­ited, hun­dreds of bik­ers packed the Vic’s grounds as rooftop speak­ers flood the air with clas­sic rock. Peo­ple-friendly, ea­ger to ap­proach and be ap­proached, and the va­ri­ety of bikes is as­tound­ing.

I was en­veloped by the re­laxed, happy crowd, crack­ing jokes with reg­u­lar lo­cals and tour­ing Ger­mans, ogling the stun­ning range of machin­ery, grin­ning and groan­ing at the cheesy clas­sics echo­ing from the roof, scoff­ing £2.50 hot­dogs from the cabin manned by friendly land­lord John. Yes, the Vic­to­ria is char­ac­ter­ful rather than classy; and that’s ex­actly the ap­peal that has kept its bike night go­ing strong over 20 years.

Fag on, mo­tor run­ning, that’s Vic If it has two wheels it is al­ways wel­come

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